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Link to  At the bottom of the page is a link to find
the light weight aggregate supplier in a given location.

Study of light weight aggregate concretes will yield 2 things.
1.  You need to find out what density is possible in a given market.  Use
equilibrium density.
2.  The cost is a function of many variables.  How good are the light weight
suppliers?  How aggressive are they?  What is the competition?  How good is
the ready mix supplier?

I would suggest finding a good light weight aggregate supplier (one with
good technical representatives), and then get his suggestions for a ready
mix supplier.

Harold Sprague
Chairman - BSSC TS 13 - Nonbuilding Structures  
Office:	Black & Veatch
	Special Projects Corp.
	6601 College Blvd.
	Overland Park, KS 66211
	voice: 913-458-6691
	fax: 913-458-9391
	e-mail: SpragueHO(--nospam--at)
	web site:

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Peder and/or Cathy Golberg [SMTP:golberg(--nospam--at)]
> Sent:	Sunday, July 09, 2000 10:06 PM
> To:	seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject:	Lightweight Concrete
> I have a question for this list, especially for the Southern California
> folks.
> In reading through various steel floor deck catalogs (Verco, BHP Steel, 
> etc.), they all contain multiple tables for slabs with light-weight 
> concrete fill.  The strength and fire rating are very appealing along with
> the overall weight when compared to normal weight concrete.
> Most of my previous projects have been in the Portland, Oregon area.  I 
> have been told that the one local (60 miles away) quarry that produced 
> light-weight shale aggregate has long been "dried up" and to not even
> think 
> about specifying this concrete on any of our regional projects.  I was
> also 
> told that even when this aggregate was available, it was very expensive
> and 
> not commonly used.
> I am now working on some hotels in the North Los Angles area and started 
> wondering if light-weight concrete is readily available in other parts of 
> the country and if so, what type of price increase would be expected 
> compared to normal weight concrete?  It seems that with the higher seismic
> loads of California, this type of mix has greater chance of being cost 
> effective.
> Anyone care to respond with information on lightweight concrete 
> availability along with any bad (or good) experiences using this for slabs
> on metal deck?
> Thanks in advance
> Peder Golberg, P.E.
> Portland, Oregon

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